Lancaster Journals

A view of Lancaster

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A September 2002 trip to Lancaster by milliebell

Quote: I lived in Lancaster between September 1998 and August 2002. It is not a hot tourist destination, but there are thousands of students, including hundreds of international students here every year. I thought it may therefore be able to help someone!

A view of Lancaster

Overview

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Lancaster is a big-time party city. The student population is far greater than the resident population; most of the population is between 18 and 22 years old. There are several cheap bars, clubs and eating places that cater to them. All compete for customers, and the result is that this is one place where you can have a good night out for only a few pounds. If you're into clubbing, make sure you get a student card. On student nights, you may not be allowed in without one. Bars and restaurants almost never ask for student ID. If, like me, you are not a heavy drinker or a hardened party animal, the Lake District is close by and the canal is great for quiet, rural walking. There are buses and trai...Read More

St. Martin's College

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Hotel

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St. Martin's lets out its rooms to individuals and groups during the summer vacation. Rooms are available mid July-late September. Call ahead first. Almost all rooms are single rooms. There are a few twin rooms, i.e. with two single beds. Some rooms are suitable for people with disabilities. Most rooms have their own washbasin. Toilets, showers and baths are shared. Bedding is provided. Security is good to get into the halls. Some of the halls have a lounge area, others do not. Meals arrangements vary. You can have the room only or bed and breakfast. If you do go for breakfast, it is quite a good meal. Vegetarian options are always available. If your self catering, each hall or flat ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2002

Keystones

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Restaurant

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Keystones is a lovely student orientated pub that also attracts an older crowd. Dining there is especially good. There is a range of starters, such as mushrooms, onion rings, combo plates etc. for between £1.50-£3.50. Main courses include traditional pub type meals, such as burgers, fish ahd chips, baked potatoes, all day big breakfasts, sandwiches etc. The real catch though are the paninis. They cost just around £3.50 and come on ciabatti with melted mozerrella cheese, side salad, chips and a wonderful coriander, lime and coconut dip. The roasted pepper and pesto panini is vegetarian heaven, and stuffed full. My friend swears by the Cajun chicken panini - hers was also full of chicken pieces, cheese ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2002

The Whale Tail Cafe

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Restaurant

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The Whale Tale cafe is hidden. There is a small alleyway at the top end of Penny Street. It leads to a yard. Across the yard, there it is. On the ground floor there is a wholefood shop, and a cafe on the first floor. It is open for breakfast and lunch only. You can get a snack or a full meal. There are daily specials, and a regular menu. One of my favourite dishes is the Whale Tail Salad. This selection changes daily, but includes a selection of different salads, fresly sprouted beans etc. The veggie BLT with garlic mayonnaise is also much loved. The homity pie is cheese, potato and chive and very filling. There are also burgers, baked potatoes, chips [fries to an American visitor], and a selection of...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2002

Some hints and tips for Lancaster life

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Story/Tip

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Whilst Lancaster is hardly a top tourist destination, it does have some things going for it for travellers, as well as students. I have wrote this with both groups in mind. Whilst short term accommodation is very expensive, it is quite cheap if you can stay around for a few months. Rents are low. Rooms are widely available, for students or non students. You should be able to find one quite quickly. However, they are rarely available on short term leases. For working travellers or students, employment is either incredibly hard to get or incredibly easy. It depends on what you are looking for. During term time, part time and casual unskilled jobs can be found quickly and easily. There ...Read More

About the Writer

milliebell

milliebell
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom